live components

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live components

Postby plot-paris » Mon Apr 14, 2008 3:15 pm

If a team of people works at one project, each person is drawing at a different building at the same location, it would be sensible, that each person works on his own model.
each of those models contains only the information of that specific building. later you create one big file, containing terrain information, and import every single model of each of the team mates as a component.

so far that is possible with SketchUp already. but if you place a component in your model, SketchUp saves the information in that file (what is normally quite practical, not in this particular case though).
wouldn't it be handy if you could just check a mark, something like "live-component" or "dynamically update component", that makes SketchUp reload the components automatically when opening up the file (if the component files are not available it keeps the old information)?
because at the moment you have to select each component seperately and browse to the file location to update it.

I think that would be a great leap towards using SketchUp for large models.
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Re: live components

Postby ilay7k » Mon Apr 14, 2008 4:41 pm

It's like remote files - proxies or xRefs, i think...
Or teamwork in share network will be incredible thing//bim will close...revit with its worksharing features, archicad's network solutions....
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Re: live components

Postby plot-paris » Mon Apr 14, 2008 4:53 pm

oh yes, that would be great. because at the moment SketchUp is limited to small, single designs (surely partly because it has difficulties coping with large models). enabling it to support real teamwork would be such a wonderful thing.

and you know what would be funny (not reasonable - but real fun)? if you had realtime teamwork.
for example you have one location. three people are drawing at different buildings, everyone sitting at his own computer. and on the huge flatscreen in the lobby you see an overall perspective where the buildings are permanently manipulated...
(would probably bust your network in no time and you needed a giant computer to render the realtime shadows. but it would be such a cool poser thing!) 8-)
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